Northern Kenya is wild, dramatic and filled with so much variety which makes it the perfect place to enjoy malaria free family holidays. Lengishu offers something very unique, private and personal and Borana Conservancy really has it all with incredible “Big 5” game viewing and there are over 200 rhino in the Lewa- Borana Landscape.
Some quick facts to explain the Lengishu story:
- Lengishu is located at the heart of Borana Conservancy, Kenya’s newest and most successful rhino sanctuary
- It is the final property to be built on Borana Conservancy, opening its doors in May 2019
- It is a family home owned by the MacHale family who visit regularly giving it a friendly and welcoming feel
- The refined interiors were designed by Minnie MacHale who sought pieces from the back streets of Nairobi to Kempton Park Antiques Market. The interiors fully reflect the destination from the earthy tones to unique pieces displayed
- There are photographs dotted around the house which were taken by Joe and Minnie MacHale’s son, a talented wildlife photographer
- All rooms face east offering beautiful sunrises and sweeping views across the valley, towards pride rock and deep into the Northern Frontier District with no man-made structures or lights visible
- The pool house faces west making it the perfect location for long, lazy afternoons watching the sun set. Additionally guests can make their way to Lengishu’s private sundowner spot which is within walking distance of the main house with views of Mt Kenya.
- Lengishu was a completely sustainable build, with timber sourced from within Kenya and rocks from the site itself
- It is run with a fully sustainable ethos: plastic free, grey water recycling system, state of the art solar system, in-house water purifier and bottling plant and natural eco-friendly cleaning products used throughout
- The indigenous gardens connect and blend Lengishu effortlessly into the local landscape
- All fresh produce used at Lengishu is sourced from nearby organic farms. Notably Waitabit Farm, located between Lewa and Borana Conservancies. Farm tours are offered to Lengishu guests to experience how organic produce is grown between two wildlife conservation areas
- Lengishu’s private chef Sam is expertly trained and renowned as one of the best on the Conservancy
- The wine list is extensive and all personally selected by owner Joe MacHale
- Lengishu is completely connected with wifi available throughout, satellite TV in the Study and TVs in bedrooms which are connected to Netflix & Youtube. A Sonos sound system is in place across the main house and pool house
- Lengishu is extremely proud of its local employment rate with 98% of staff coming from communities neighbouring Borana Conservancy only Sheila (Lengishu Manager), Sam (Head Chef) & Ken (Gardener) are from further afield
- Lengishu is on the slopes of Mt Kenya at 6,000 ft (2,000m) in altitude, meaning that it is malaria free
- Borana is an incredible conservation success story; the fences were removed between Borana and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in 2014, forming the Lewa-Borana Landscape – one of East Africa’s largest continuous rhino habitats at 92,000 hectares.
- In 2019 the Lewa-Borana Landscape saw 32 rhino births (17 black and 15 white) bringing the total population to 109 black and 97 white rhinos by the end of the year
- Conservation fees paid by each guest are invested into the sustainable conservation of land, wildlife and building local livelihoods
- Lengishu offers unique ‘behind the scenes of conservation’ activities on Borana Conservancy. These include tracking rhino at first light and accompanying members of the armed anti-poaching team on their evening deployments. This gives guests a true insight into the running of a rhino conservation area as well as the opportunity to spend time with the impressive anti-poaching team
- There is an in-house private masseuse to help ease away the stress of everyday life with massages included in the rates.
- Due to the expanse of wilderness, Borana Conservancy is one of the best places to spot “Big 5” wildlife close up. It also has a low-density tourism policy which means there is a very small chance that guests will see any other tourists when out on game drives
- As Lengishu is on a private conservation area, it allows guests much more flexibility with their itineraries: bush breakfasts, lunches and dinners are available along with mountain biking, horse riding, day and night drives, farm tours and days on the Ngare Ndare River
- All the vehicles used at Lengishu were custom designed to guarantee comfort and exceptional game viewing
- Lengishu is a two hour bush walk from Pride Rock, the inspiration for the original Disney The Lion King Film. The Disney animators visited Borana Conservancy in the early 1990s ahead of the original film release and again in 2017 ahead of the new release of the film. It’s an iconic location for both sundowners and sunrises
- There are a number of fantastic walking routes directly from Lengishu
- Lengishu’s guide is called Nissa. He is a Silver level safari guide who grew up in a community neighbouring Borana so knows the area like the back of his hand
- Helicopter trips are spectacular from Lengishu and take you for day trips or overnight trips to the vast untouched wilderness of the Suguta Valley and Lake Turkana or Mount Kenya.